Is the UFO in This NASA Video Evidence of an Alien Craft?

Monday, 27 November 2017 - 12:04PM
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Monday, 27 November 2017 - 12:04PM
Is the UFO in This NASA Video Evidence of an Alien Craft?
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A video of NASA archival footage of a 2011 rocket launch is sparking controversy after the discovery of a mysterious white UFO. 

While the '90s boom in UFO sightings may have died down in the age of the camera smartphone, there still exists a core group of dedicated truthers that are eager to find proof of the presence of advanced alien life visiting our planet for unknown purposes.

A video, uploaded to the YouTube channel UFO Today, argues that this object is possibly a White Knight Satellite, a twist on the existing Black Knight Satellite conspiracy that's already been doing the rounds on the internet for several decades.



The UFO appeared part of the way through the launch of the Endeavour space shuttle, at the point where the shuttle lost one of its boosters. The UFO appears for just a few seconds in the footage that NASA has released, which is probably why it's gone unnoticed for this long.

The UFO Today video slows down the footage to give a better look at the alleged satellite than anyone has seen previously. According to the video, based on the size of this object, it must be at least as large as the booster itself, which, it's argued, means that this probably isn't a big chunk of ice or anything similarly benign.

It's a very compelling story, and one which is made all the more dramatic thanks to the eerie music that UFO Today plays over the footage—clearly, the basic formula of a UFO conspiracy theory video hasn't changed since the peak of the X-Files cultural boom.

Despite the appeal of the video, though, it's hard to believe that this really is the definitive proof of some kind of NASA conspiracy to keep us in the dark about the existence of aliens.

If NASA really were trying to cover up the existence of aliens, there's no reason for this footage to be allowed online in the first place. It also wouldn't make sense for NASA to launch a rocket that would come anywhere near the flight path of an alien craft.

If, on the other hand, NASA had no knowledge of this alien satellite before the Endeavour booster nearly collided with it, presumably someone at the space agency would already have made a big deal about this. NASA is, after all, eagerly searching for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe - it's hard to believe that nobody would spot an alien spaceship at the time.

The folks at NASA likely ignored this because it's very clearly unimportant. If it isn't a big chunk of ice, it's some other kind of junk that was part of the launch - the chances of two unrelated objects getting this close together during a launch are too slim for this to be any kind of coincidence that's accidentally revealed an alien spaceship which looks suspiciously like a big blob of random flotsam.

Besides, it's a bit of a stretch of the imagination to flip the existing Black Knight Satellite myth, inverting its color for the sake of tying this piece of space junk to an existing conspiracy theory. But, then, these kinds of theories are very rarely particularly consistent in their claims.

Alas, we don't yet have proof that aliens have visited Earth. The so-called White Knight Satellite will have to continue to exist alongside Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster as pop-culture icons that exist purely thanks to shaky camera technology.

The reality is far more boring, and if anything, even more terrifying. Many scientists argue that by now, we really should have found definitive proof of alien life.

We might soon have to face facts and accept that we really are alone in the universe, making our entire existence somewhat meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

By contrast, the existence of some kind of government conspiracy that's hiding aliens from us all seems relatively cheerful.
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Is This UFO in NASA Footage Evidence of an Alien Craft?
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